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More Great Math Routines

Posted on October 1, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Classroom environment, Common Core, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

What is a math routine?

A math routine is a whole class math activity that you do overtime.  There are a variety of different types of routines.  You can do routines to:

1) Build Number Sense

2) Build Vocabulary

3) Build Conceptual Knowledge

4) Build Mathematical Modeling Skills

5) Build Procedural Fluency

6) Build Strategic Competence

7) Build a Strong Mathematical Disposition

When:  Anytime (they usually last between 5-10 minutes once the students know them)

How:  Routines are set up in a variety of ways – individual, partner, small group or whole class


1. Half It!  Teacher gives an even starter number.  Kids verbally toss it around the room- each child halving it until you get to the first odd number.  So for example,

Starter number 20 – Trevor says 10 – Mica says 5 – we stop.

Starter number 200 – Michael says 100 – John says 50…they keep going till they can’t go anymore

Starter number 1/2 – Carlos says 1/4 – Trina says 1/8 ….

2. Double It!   Teacher gives a starter number and kids verbally toss it around the room…this time doubling the number.

3.  Number Line It! –  Draw an unlabeled numberline and then have the students plot numbers.

Teacher says…draw a numberline…start it with 500 end it with 1000…write where 650 is…write where 899 is….

Teacher says…draw a numberline…start with 2/3 and end with two and a half…write where one and a half goes…write where 1 and 3/4 goes… write where 2 goes

Other Resources

1) Number of the Day & More

2) Reasoning Routines

3) Count Around the Room

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


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